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Causes: Education, Health, Literacy, Remedial Reading & Encouragement, Special Education, Specifically Named Diseases

Mission: Reading is a critical link to success. Everyone Reading advances the lives of children and adults with dyslexia and related learning disabilities by providing the resources they need to learn to become successful readers, writers and spellers.

Results: In this year alone: 75 students received free tutoring this year Over 1000 educators benefited from our professional development Over 2500 calls for information and referrals were answered

Geographic areas served: New York City and surrounding metro area

Programs: Full and Half Day Institutes and Workshops for educators Afterschool and summer tutoring in Wilson Reading System Information and referrals for families and professionals

Community Stories

22 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a graduate student of education, I'm eager to learn tools for the classroom and to be ready for the changes taking place within education. Everyone Reading gave me the valuable opportunity to volunteer at their conference and attend sessions. I learned so much to take with me into the classroom!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Everyone Reading offers community and support. I'll always think of Everyone Reading to answer my questions about literacy services and advocacy referrals. Thanks for all you do!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Everyone Reading is truly a gem in Manhattan. It's the go to place for children with dyslexia and other learning disabilites as well as a great resource for parents looking for help to navigate the system . My son has benefitted greatly from tutoring and never complained about going. I would highly recommend Everyone Reading to anyone with learning disablities.

Amy-Marie R.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have gone to many of their workshops and professional development trainings. They are always well organized, comprehensive and extremely useful. They offer a lot of support to families and children with dyslexia and other language-based learning disorders. I always recommend them to families for services and support.

Evelyn J.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Everyone Reading is a fabulous organization. My daughter would never have gotten into college without it.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Everyone Reading (formerly NYB-IDA) since I was in graduate school in the early 1990s. Everyone Reading is a terrific resource for the community--whether you are an educator seeking specialized training to work with dyslexic children, a parent who needs help navigating the evaluations and the school system, or a child with learning disabilities. I've attended the annual conference in NYC year after year, participating in workshops, meeting with other professionals and finding out about new materials to use with my students. Everyone Reading also provides low cost tutoring during the summer--training teachers in research based approaches to teaching reading, while simultaneously giving children with dyslexia intensive instruction. Their workshops for parents are informative and offered as a community service. Everyone Reading is truly a wonderful organization committed to helping children, parents and teachers.

Gloria10

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is truly a valuable organization. As a special educator for over 30 years in the NYC Public Schools, I have come across many students who have the difficulties associated with dyslexia in the areas of reading , math and writing yet this is not a classification that we can use on an IEP. The Department of Education does not even offer any training to support teachers in this area. I have attended the past 5 conferences as well as professional development opportunities at Everyone Reading and as a direct result of these experiences, I have been able to help my students become readers!

Lisa178

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been a member of this organization since the early 1980's when it was the Orton Society. The conferences, publications, and professional development have guided me in my career as a special education teacher. Everyone Reading is devoted to those with learning disabilities, their families, and the professionals who treat them.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

i am a NYC public school teacher. I found Everyone Reading through PD opportunities with their annual conference. I have been to this conference now for two years and I cannot speak highly enough about it. The workshops offer tangible advice for ways to support the students in my classroom! I have also taken some of their summer/weekend PDs at their site... also super helpful. This organization is a great resource for supporting students with Learning Disabilities, their teachers, and their families~

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I became acquainted with Everyone Reading during the course of an internship I was doing in association with my course work with York College City University of New York. As the intern assigned to the account of Everyone Reading, I learned of the phenomenal work the nonprofit does in the area of literacy, in particular with children and adults affected by dyslexia. I was truly marveled by the level of experience and the quality of the expertise that every staff member demonstrates in their interaction with their clients, educators and collaborative organizations. Everyone Reading is a caring compassionate and highly professional nonprofit.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My involvement with the organization dates back to the 1970s when it was known as the Orton Society. I learned about "learning disabilities" when my child was tested at Teachers College, Columbia University. My child could learn but needed a different way of teaching that is multisensory, structured and repetitive. As a result of my experience with my daughter, I went back to school and received a Masters in Special Education. Many giving, sharing, loving people in the field helped me with my daughter and I was most grateful. That's when I decided I wanted to help others.

I have and continue to attend the professional meetings and conferences which have been invaluable in making me a more effective teacher and currently a tutor (I am retired at this time).

The nonprofit organization, Everyone Reading, does phenomenal work on behalf of children and adults who have difficulty reading due to their inability to learn how to read in traditional methods used in schools. In addition to the workshops and conferences, the data base helps clients find tutors, like myself. Parents are grateful in finding me by calling the association whether it is to find a tutor or a workshop or conference days for parents and professionals.

Everyone Reading is an invaluable source for many bright, talented students who need that other way of learning to read.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a public school special education teacher at an elementary school in NYC. I teach many students who have learning disabilities, specifically dyslexia. Everyone Reading has provided some of the most valuable Professional Development experiences that I have ever had. In addition, each year I attend their Dyslexia Conference, which has provided me with new programs and strategies that have helped me improve my student's performance. I often provide parents with materials I obtain from the Everyone Reading website to help them understand Dyslexia. In addition, I refer parents to their workshops, which are extremely informative and go above and beyond what the public school system offers.

Rose E.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

A most caring organization. Everyone Reading listens to parents, their children, and all the professionals who come into contact with them. I have noticed over the years how referrals to the appropriate professionals have been made with every concern for the individual. I have come to expect their professionalism, and they have never failed me.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization was my savor when I first learned that My daughter had dyslexia. Attending workshops and having the help line (Diane) was very calming for me. It gave me a place where I can ask questions and I knew that I would get the correct answer.
I also attended many workshops that helped me learn what I could do for my daughter. I also learned a great deal on understanding the New York Department of Education. They provided answers that no one at the BOE would share.
Thank you for such a great organization

Jennifer2345678910

Client Served

Rating: 5

I needed help in finding a qualified tutor for my daughter who is dyslexic. Up to then, the only people whom I had been able to find and who she had been given in her schools were well intentioned but not qualified to give her the targeted help she needed. Immediately I was given a number of names in the areas of expertise I specified as well as the regional area I needed with advice on what I should expect them charging and if they were known for working with the age group I needed. With Everyone Reading's help, I found a wonderful tutor who is doing exactly what is necessary to improve my daughter's skills in reading.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've worked this Everyone Reading (previosly known as NYbIda) , attending their annual conference held in New York City for the past 10 years. I've also taken several staff development workshops offered by their organization. I continue to be impressed with the high professional caliber of their conference presenters and workshop leaders. Everyone Reading offers a valuable resource for parents children, and adults with learning differences, as well as to professionals who serve this population.

Bay B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Dyslexia is a disability that often slips between the cracks. In NYC, the DOE doesn't even administer tests that capable of diagnosing it, thus making it difficult to get any services. Legislators, educators and parents need to be aware that many children that could be helped very early on are not getting it & are suffering the consequences. Everyone Reading, however, is a fabulous first stop for anyone who suspects a reading disorder. They can provide you with referrals for psychologists, tutors, attorneys and advocates & regularly host low-cost workshops.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been a reading teacher since 1995 and have had many tutoring experiences with children from grades K through 6. The most challenging cases involved children with learning disabilities, in particular this one child, Joe, whom I could not accelerate as fast as I would have liked. I began going to workshops and seminars at the Everyone Reading organization, attending many sessions related to multi-sensory techniques. I discovered the Wilson reading program and began using it with little Joe. It was miraculous! He became a fluent reader after a year of hard work. It has changed my life and the ones of the children I tutor. I will continue to attend all relevant workshops in my field.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Everyone Reading is an exceptional nonprofit organization that supports people with dyslexia and related learning disabilities in many ways. Their annual conference is the premier event of its type in the Northeast, attracting about 1,000 parents, professionals, and individuals who struggle with reading. Their information and referrals service provides much needed information and support to parents and professionals who call for help seeking appropriate services for their children and their students. Their multi-varied staff development opportunities enrich the skills professionals bring to their work with children who face challenges in reading, writing, and math as well as social skills. Their low-fee, scholarship supported one-on-one summer tutoring program provides the highest quality instruction to students at the same time the tutors receive focused supervision to improve their skills. Finally, Everyone Reading's active political action work brings the needs of this community to lawmakers in Albany and New York City.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Everyone Reading has truly helped my family, especially my daughter. They provide excellent workshops, where I became a stronger advocate for my daughter. The summer reading program built confidence and increase my little one's reading skills. The annual conferences brought me in touch with a network of education professionals that I might never have access to other wise. And speaking of networking, Everyone Reading connected us with a certified reading tutor who made all the difference for my kid.

The only constructive feedback I have for the organization is to tap into the power and experience of parents and maybe having a mentoring program were older kids help younger ones. I'm sure this will happen as the organization grows and has more resources at hand.